The nation's favourite scientist looks at the origins of life in our Universe. For somehow the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from. For as long as humans have walked the Earth we have searched for our place in the cosmos. We have looked to the heavens and the Earth and to the precious nature of human life. But perhaps most importantly of all, we have driven ourselves to do something that is, as far as we know, unique in the Universe. We ask questions. In Brian Cox's latest groundbreaking book he tackles some of the greatest questions that humans have asked to try and understand the very nature of ourselves and the Universe in which we live. He looks at the journeys we've taken to answer these questions; through the endless leaps of human minds, he explores the extraordinary depth of our knowledge today and where our curiosity may lead us in the future. He reveals how time, physics and chemistry came together to create a creature that can wonder at its own existence, blessed with an unquenchable thirst to discover not just where it came from, but how it can think, where it is going and if it is alone. Human Universe is Brian Cox's personal take on the past, present and future of humanity - from the birth of the Universe to the ultimate fate of our species. It will transport you out of this world into a whole new dimension as it gives us a new perspective on human life.
Exploring the big questions about humanity, existence and our place in space, Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen provide some elegantly phrased and superbly well-informed answers. Where are we? Are we alone? Who are we? Why are we here? What is our future? The chapter headings are explored in various ways, with reference to science, astronomy and the history of mankind’s engagement with the universe. From Ptolemy to Einstein, Bohr and Hubble, the book is peopled with scientific thinkers who have themselves stood on the shoulders of giants and tried to understand and explain the most diverse of phenomena. Cox and Cohen present them for the layman: Alan Turing’s theory of morphogenesis, or ‘how the leopard gets its spots’; Newton’s gravitational constant, which allows us to calculate the orbital velocity of the International Space Station; quantum field theory’s Standard Model Lagrangian. All are clearly explained, with accompanying diagrams and images.
Praise for Professor Brian Cox:
'Cox's romantic, lyrical approach to astrophysics all adds up to an experience that feels less like homework and more like having a story told to you. A really good story, too.'
'He bridges the gap between our childish sense of wonder and a rather more professional grasp of the scale of things.'
'If you didn't utter a wow watching the TV, you will while reading the book.'
'Engaging, ambitious and creative.'
'In this book of the acclaimed BBC2 TV series, Professor Cox shows us the cosmos as we have never seen it before - a place full of the most bizarre and powerful natural phenomena.'
'Will entertain and delight ... what a priceless gift that would be.'
-Independent on Sunday
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||9th October 2014|
|Author:||Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen|
|Publisher:||William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Popular Science, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Popular science, Popular astronomy & space,|
Professor Brian Cox, OBE is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, and a professor at the University of Manchester as well as researcher on one of the most ambitious experiments on Earth, the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is best known to the public as a science broadcaster and presenter of the highly popular BBC2 series 'Wonders of the Solar System'. He was also the keyboard player in the UK pop band D:Ream in the 1990s.More About Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen